Land owner refuses to tell villagers his plans for site in Horsford

About 30 members of the public attended a meeting about possible plans for more than 250 new homes i

About 30 members of the public attended a meeting about possible plans for more than 250 new homes in Horsford. - Credit: Archant

Villagers voted for the owner of land at the centre of concerns about a new housing development to leave a public meeting after he refused to outline his plans.

About 30 people attended last night's meeting at Horsford Village Hall, which was called to discuss a planning application for more than 250 homes they believe will be submitted for land off Green Lane.

The first 15 minutes were taken up with a dispute about the presence of Michael Keeler, who owns the land and was sitting in the audience.

Organisers said he had refused to leave the hall when asked. They then asked him to discuss his proposals.

Mr Keeler said he was sitting there as a resident of Horsford, and said: 'At the moment, it's my business. When planning permission has been put in for, it's a different thing.'

He added that people could contact him directly.

In a vote, 15 members of the audience asked him to leave, while none supported him staying, and Mr Keeler left.

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Following his departure, the meeting heard that signs had already been put up in the village to oppose the expected David Wilson Homes development, although one person said some had been removed.

Broadland District councillor Tamsin Lodge told the meeting she supported villagers who were against the plans, and advised them to gather as much information as possible about wildlife at the site, and start a petition as soon as possible.

She said she would speak against the plans if they came to a planning committee.

She said: 'There are no guarantees we can stop this, but I want to know I have fought my best to the end, because I passionately believe that this should not happen.'

The meeting discussed a proposed poster which raises concerns about wildlife, more car journeys in the village, and increased pressure on the emergency services.

Organisers also plan to distribute a leaflet across the village next week.

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